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Lean Take Two! Reflection from the second attempt at lean implementation

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versione breve It's not easy being lean. And for many companies, getting lean right the first time does not always happen. Lean is a management philosophy focused on identifying and eliminating waste throughout a product's entire value stream, extending not only within the organization but also along the company's supply chain network. Lean promises significant benefits in terms of waste reduction and increased organizational and supply chain communication and integration. However, implementing lean and achieving the levels of organizational commitment, employee autonomy, and information transparency needed to ensure its success is a daunting task. This article describes in detail two lean implementation projects within the same company; a global manufacturer of food processing machines and equipment. The first project was a failure, while the second one is viewed to be a success. Examining these projects in detail, the major criteria and conditions that led to lean success and failure are identified. Based on these conditions, a number of lessons learned are identified that may help other organizations ensure the success of their own lean implementation and improvement efforts.
   
tipo Journal paper
   
parole chiave Lean Production; Case Study; Best Management Practices
   
lingua English
kind of paper journal article
data di apparenza 23-1-2009
giornale Business Horizons
Editore Elsiver
edizione del giornale 52
pagine 79-88
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citation Scherrer-Rathje, M., Boyle, T. A., & Deflorin, P. (2009). Lean Take Two! Reflection from the second attempt at lean implementation. Business Horizons, 52, 79-88.